90s House Party Invaded Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Saturday

90’s House Party at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Keith Brake Photography.

 

–By Keith Brake

As someone who was in full immersion of my late teenage years in the 90’s, I was understandably way into the “Grunge” movement but lest we forget that the Seattle invasion of our ears is not the only thing worth mentioning from that era. Hip Hop and Rap was making a strong push into mainstream music and this past Saturday The Hollywood Casino Amphitheater hosted what turned out to be one of the biggest parties of the year. Vanilla Ice, Coolio, All 4 One and many more brought that 90’s house party soundtrack to Saint Louis and delighted all in attendance with top notch performances.

90’s House Party at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Keith Brake Photography.

Young MC opened the evening and just like that, I was transported to days of yesteryear. Bust A Move and The Fastest Rap brought the ever filling crowd to their feet. It was obvious from the opening performer that these rap and hip hop icons were not here to rest on their laurels, but rather to bring the house down.

90’s House Party at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Keith Brake Photography.

Tone Loc walked onto the stage and the crowd erupted with applause. Tone still tours with his original DJ from day one and these two are seamless on stage. Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina were crowd pleasers and from what I could tell, enticed everyone in Maryland Heights MO within earshot of the Amphitheater to get up and dance. Loc also set the tone for what shaped up to be the theme of the evening, having fun and showing the crowd love; I have never been to a show where more people were invited onstage to dance and sing with the performers.

90’s House Party at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Keith Brake Photography.

Coolio had one of the more powerful sets of the evening while being accompanied by some amazing musicians. The set closed with Gangsters Paradise and by that time the venue was at near capacity and they light up the night with their cell phones upon Coolio’s prompting. Coolio took the time to exit the stage and mingle with the crowd, high fiving and showing love to all he could reach. Coolio made it a point to comment on how he thinks highly of Saint Louis and it’s citizens, “Real recognize Real” he said as he was exiting from his set.

90’s House Party at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Keith Brake Photography.

Vanilla Ice closed the party and was certainly up for the task. Ice was joined onstage by Coolio and Naughty by Nature and Tone Loc and Michelangelo, yes, the Ninja Turtle. Coolio commented as to how Ice was the “Original White Boy” of hip hop and how he was a trailblazer setting the stage for more current artists such as Eminem. A little known fact about Vanilla Ice…he has the highest selling hip hop album of all time, that’s right, all time.

90’s House Party at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Keith Brake Photography.

The evening went off without a hitch and it was a welcome day filled with fun and nostalgia. This turned out to be one of my favorite concert events of the year and has me in high hopes Saint Louis will have a similar event next year, and if they do, you should definitely check it out. Thanks for all the continued support to all. Peace.

 

Keith

 

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